The Children’s Treehouse began in Smithers, BC in 2001. Then the store was known as Robin’s Nest, named after the Alison’s (our owners) daughter. Like many small towns, Smithers did not have a place to buy children’s clothes. As her children were still young, Alison decided to open a combined consignment and new clothes children’s store, just off the main street in Smithers.
After the first year, a larger store on the corner of her building became vacant and so Robin’s Nest moved to Main Street and became a fixture there for over 12 years. As the store grew, the inventory changed to encompass clothes, shoes, boots, accessories, books and toys. A kids store!!
In 2013 Robin’s Nest closed and The Children’s Treehouse opened on Commercial Street in downtown Nanaimo. After 20 years of Smithers’ winters, Alison and her family moved to beautiful Vancouver Island and haven’t looked back since! Even though her children were now grown up, Alison still enjoyed children’s books and toys, so that became the focus of the new store in Nanaimo.
Flash forward to today, and we are settled into our awesome Nanaimo location in Country Club Centre.
The Children’s Treehouse is independently owned and is 100% local! We support many local charities, schools and family friendly events. All of our stock is individually picked with love and care by Alison, with a great selection from major brands as well as small independent suppliers. The books are all current and cover a wide selection of ages and topics. Alison is very knowledgeable and is always happy to recommend great stories!